Onward develops bold and practical ideas for the next generation of centre right thinkers and leaders

REPORT
Double Devo: Extending Town and Parish Councils

The case for empowering neighbourhoods as well as regions

REPORT
Thin Ice? Public support for new net zero policies

Understanding public support for tackling climate change and attitudes towards new net zero policies

REPORT
Green Shoots: Driving innovation for net zero

How to drive innovation to meet net zero

Jan 18
11:00-
12:00
EVENT
Using technology to rethink the capabilities of UK manufacturing.
Dec 9
8:30-
10:00
EVENT
A private breakfast for Onward’s Business Network with Lord Barwell and Tom Newton Dunn.
Dec 8
15:00-
16:00
EVENT
A private roundtable with Nigel Huddleston MP.
REPORT
Double Devo: Extending Town and Parish Councils

The case for empowering neighbourhoods as well as regions

REPORT
Thin Ice? Public support for new net zero policies

Understanding public support for tackling climate change and attitudes towards new net zero policies

REPORT
Green Shoots: Driving innovation for net zero

How to drive innovation to meet net zero

Dec 8
15:00-
16:00
EVENT
A private roundtable with Nigel Huddleston MP.
Jan 18
11:00-
12:00
EVENT
Using technology to rethink the capabilities of UK manufacturing.
Dec 7
15:00-
16:15
EVENT
A private roundtable with Rt Hon Damian Green MP and Dr Luke Evans MP.

Onward develops bold and practical ideas for the next generation of centre right thinkers and leaders

Onward is a modernising think tank whose mission is to develop bold and practical ideas to boost economic opportunity and strengthen communities in all parts of the United Kingdom.

We are not affiliated to any party but believe in a mainstream conservatism. We recognise the value of markets and support the good that government can do, and believe that a strong society is the foundation of both. We want to seize the opportunities of the future while preserving the accumulated knowledge of the past. We believe that most people are hard working, aspirational and decent, but that many do not have the opportunities to fulfil their potential.

Our goal is to address the needs of the whole country: young as well as old; urban as well as rural; in all parts of the UK – particularly places that feel neglected or ignored in Westminster – by working with ordinary people directly and developing practical policies that work.

"Into the arena, Onward stepped. The in-flight refueller. The next modernising thinktank. The engine which ensured that just as the process of government might be wearing thin, the Conservative Party was able to renew and refurbish its message, its personnel, its appeal and its coalition.”
Rt Hon Michael Gove MP
Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
“The question is how we forge an open-feeling, forward-looking conservatism that speaks equally to all. And I believe Onward is exactly what we need.”
Baroness Davidson
Former Leader of the Scottish Conservatives and Member of the House of Lords
“Thinktanks are expected to think the unthinkable but I don’t want us to think the unworkable. We have to think things that work politically, that is that pay some attention to whether people support them, where the costs fall and whether they work in practice."
Lord Finkelstein
Chairman of Onward and Member of the House of Lords
"The work of Onward has already, in the last three years, has been fantastic. I have followed it closely, I have pinched a whole bunch of your ideas, but I want to pinch some more ... I need the ideas and I know Onward has the energy to provide them."
Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Our work is focused on the most pressing issues facing the United Kingdom today. Our four programmes are:

Reducing economic disparities between places

Our work is regularly featured in print, broadcast and online media, including through op-eds and broadcast interviews from the Onward team.

Francesca Fraser writes for Conservative Home, discussing the return to routine Ofsted inspections for 'Outstanding' schools, and what we can learn from the Multi-Academy Trust model.

Will Tanner, Director of Onward, writes for City AM about our latest report, "Double Devo".

Director Will Tanner and Senior Researcher Luke Stanley write for The Local Government Chronicle on our new report 'Double Devo', which sets out how to level up communities through town and parish councils.

Onward Senior Researcher Luke Stanley writes for Times Red Box about our latest report, Double Devo.

Onward Researcher Alex Luke is quoted in Italian newspaper Il Foglio, providing his thoughts on the expectations surrounding the COP26 summit.

Francesca Fraser writes for Conservative Home, discussing the return to routine Ofsted inspections for 'Outstanding' schools, and what we can learn from the Multi-Academy Trust model.

Will Tanner, Director of Onward, writes for City AM about our latest report, "Double Devo".